Tuesday, March 1
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The host of a Huntsville, Ala., sports talk radio show says he has heard audio tapes, allegedly in the possession of former Mississippi State players John Bond and Bill Bell, that implicate Cam Newton in his father, Cecil's, pay-for-play scheme that was investigated by the NCAA. Scott Moore, an Alabama fan and a college football speaker, said Friday during a radio interview with WNSP in Mobile, Ala., that he heard tapes of Cecil Newton selling his son's services while Cam was in the room. He states Tennessee offered Cecil Newton $200,000 for Cam Newton to play in Knoxville, and that Mississippi State was getting a discounted rate. (National Football Post)Comment
Deron Williams has spoken with principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov and general manager Billy King about their plan and who they will pursue as they prepare for their Brooklyn move after next season. Orlando center Dwight Howard tops that list, sources said. The Nets want to improve the talent around Williams to get him to sign an extension when he's eligible over the summer. (Bergen Record)Comment
The NFL has warned "several teams" that players are not to meet with coaches and receive playbooks during this time in the offseason, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported over the weekend. The league has sent the Dolphins no such warning. But perhaps it should. Chad Henne, Miami's presumed starting quarterback, told The Miami Herald today he's been meeting with new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for the last month in preparation for player-organized workouts that would replace any offseason workouts or minicamps lost to a possible lockout or other circumstance related to the uncertain and unresolved collective bargaining contract. (Miami Herald)Comment
So much for some light training: Jean Segura of the Angels collides with Andy Laroche of the A's during Monday's spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. (John Biever/SI)
Watch Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea shatter the NFL combine bench-press record with 49 reps at 225 pounds, four more than the previous record set in 2010.
Game To Watch
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks take on Dwight Howard and the Magic -- 7:00 p.m. ET
- New York Knicks
- Orlando Magic
SI Vault: More Mantle
This Day in Sports
- 1996 -- Lenny Wilkens, the winningest coach in NBA history, notches his 1,000th victory as a head coach.
- 1993 -- George Steinbrenner is reinstated as owner of the New York Yankees after being banned in 1990.
- 1993 -- Disney-owned NHL expansion team is named the Mighty Ducks.
- 1972 -- Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.
- 1969 -- Yankees legend Mickey Mantle retires.